Kate Highy has nominated her mum Lynne Highy. To put into 300 words on why Lynne deserves to win is not enough, but in short, she is one of a kind. Lynne has been a nurse for over 30 years and currently works at a prep school as a matron full time. Nothing is too much trouble for her and she is loved by each one of those children and staff. Whether it's listening to their problems or finding a handmade envelope for their first lost tooth she will do it. Alongside this busy life, she volunteers for so many causes and charities. She's vice chairman for her village community council and church warden. Whilst doing this, she's a voluntary puppy walker, speaker and fundraiser for guide dogs for the blind.
Eight years ago, less than a year after losing her dad, Lynne found out that her daughter Kate had been diagnosed with a low grade glioma in her brain and would undergo 18 months of chemotherapy. Lynne never missed a treatment, appointment, scan or visit from the nurses. She was by her daughter's side the whole time and never complained. She constantly gives and never receives. Kate is six years in remission this year. Whenever someone needs support or help Lynne is there. This was shown through Kate's grandmother's fall in November last year. Lynne would drive down to Wales on her days off to look after and visit her. Nanna is now back at home thankfully.
Lynne is also about to become a grandma for the first time which she is so excited about. Her daughter Kate just wants her to be recognised for what she does – being selfless and loving. She's always giving to others through her charity work, volunteering or love. Kate is very proud to say Lynne is her mum.